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Devonport Submarines to Move

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 4:16pm 24th November 2014

The MoD has confirmed that Devonport will lose two of its submarines.

By 2020, HMS Talent and HMS Triumph will be based in Scotland.

Two other T-boats, HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant, will stay in Plymouth until they are decommissioned.

It is another step towards HMNB Clyde becoming the Royal Navy's Submarine Centre of Specialisation.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: "This decision balances the Royal Navy's operational requirements with giving more clarity to our servicemen and women to plan their family lives.

"HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant crews and their families now have certainty that Devonport will be their home port until the boats decommission. We expect that local communities will welcome HMS Talent and HMS Triumph and their crews and families when they arrive in Scotland later this decade.

"Our commitment to Faslane becoming home to all Royal Navy submarines from 2020 will bring hundreds of jobs and investment to the West of Scotland."

The confirmation of the news, first announced in the Strategic Defence Review, comes after Pirate FM told you about thousands of jobs being safeguarded at Devonport.

In October, the MoD handed contractors Babcock a huge contract which will secure the future of the base for at least the next five years.

Across the UK Devonport, Portsmouth and Faslane are sharing deals worth more than £3bn.

In Plymouth and south east Cornwall that is safeguarding up to 4,000 jobs - along with many more that rely on the naval base.

The Navy says in partnership with Babcock Marine, under the recently announced Maritime Support Delivery Framework, Devonport will continue to support fleet operations including through the provision of in-service support to all its submarines.

Naval Base Commander Devonport, Commodore Graeme Little said: "The decision for HMS Torbay and HMS Trenchant to remain base-ported in Devonport reflects the operational and support demands of the boats and minimises potential disruption and uncertainty to our submariners - it is entirely consistent with the longer term plan to establish Clyde as the Submarine Operating Base and for Devonport to remain the Submarine Centre of Deep Maintenance."

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